William Ryerson

Fellow, Population


William Ryerson is founder and President of Population Media Center, and President of the Population Institute. He has a 38-year history of working in the field of reproductive health, including two decades of experience adapting the Sabido methodology for behavior change communications to various cultural settings worldwide. He has also been involved in the design of research to measure the effects of such projects in a number of countries, one of which led to a series of publications regarding a serialized radio drama in Tanzania and its effects on HIV/AIDS avoidance and family planning use. In 2006, he was awarded the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage from the Rotarian Action Group on Population and Development. William received a B.A. in Biology (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College and an M.Phil. in Biology from Yale University.


Profile: Bill Ryerson

length: 27:46   credit: Vermont Public Television   Feb 25, 2011

Fran Stoddard visits with Post Carbon Fellow Bill Ryerson of Shelburne, Vt. Ryerson runs Population Media Center, an organization that helps create serial dramas to promote behavior change in countries around the world.

Originally broadcast 01/16/2011.



length: 52:00   credit: KQED Radio - Forumdownload   Jun 01, 2010

There's a consensus that Earth doesn't have enough resources to support the world's growing population -- but there's disagreement about the root of the problem. Some think the problem lies with the growing third world, others that it is the consumption habits of the developed nations that cause the problem. This program brings together William Ryerson, president of Population Media Center and population fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, Julia Whitty, environmental correspondent for Mother Jones and author of "Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean" and Kavita Ramdas, president and CEO of Global Fund for Women in discussion.

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Latest Publications

Unchecked Growth Is a Path to Poverty

William Ryerson    Jan 18, 2013   

Endless growth is not possible because of constraints of renewable resources like fresh water, clean air and biodiversity. Also, much of our industrial system depends on nonrenewable resources like oil and various metals and … >>

Bill Ryerson: The Challenges Presented by Global Population Growth

William Ryerson    Jan 02, 2013   

Originally posted at PeakProsperity At the heart of the resource depletion story that we track here at PeakProsperity.com is the number of people on earth competing for those resources. The global population is more than 7 … >>

POPULATION: The Multiplier of Everything Else

William Ryerson    Aug 17, 2010   

EXCERPT: When it comes to controversial issues, population is in a class by itself. Advocates and activists working to reduce global population growth and size are attacked by the Left for supposedly ignoring … >>

The Post Carbon Reader

William Ryerson

How do population, water, energy, food, and climate issues impact one another? What can we do to address one problem without making the others worse? The Post Carbon Reader features essays by some of the world’s most … >>

press coverage

Bomford and Ryerson on Aljazeera article on agriculture

William Ryerson  

Post Carbon Fellows Michael Bomford and Bill Ryerson were quoted in this feature on the impacts of climate change on agriculture in Aljazeera. From the article: Professor Michael Bomford, a research scientist at Kentucky … >>